LOS ANGELES – Seven Seas Entertainment announced today the launch of North America’s first ever “Yuri” line. Yuri is a genre of Japanese manga that focuses on girl-girl romantic relationships and is a category that has been all but overlooked by American manga publishers until now. Seven Seas will dub its new Yuri line of licensed manga: “STRAWBERRY.”
The company has already begun a foray into the Yuri genre with the upcoming manga series Kashimashi, to be released December, 2006. Kashimashi, a comedy about a boy who turns into a girl caught in an all-girl love triangle, will act as a mainstream introduction of the Yuri genre to manga fans, but will not be part of the STRAWBERRY line proper.
In 2007, however, Seven Seas will officially inaugurate its new STRAWBERRY line, which will include such titles as Sakurako Kimino’s Strawberry Panic (the manga), which will act as a sister release to the previously announced Strawberry Panic light novels; Mera Hakamada’s popular series Saigo no Seifuku (“The Last Uniform”), about the crushes and heartbreaks at a girls’ boarding school; and the Yuri-flavored occult fantasy series Tetragrammaton Labyrinth. The company will be announcing several additional Yuri licenses that it has acquired in the near future, which are also slated for a 2007 release.
Seven Seas’ new STRAWBERRY line will be printed in large 5 7/8″ x 8 1/4″ format.